CSA says: AB de Villiers to not come out of retirement

Sarita Dey
3 years ago

Cricket South Africa on Tuesday announced that AB de Villiers won’t be coming out of international retirement ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in India, saying that he has decided ‘once and for all that his mind will not change.

CSA said that ‘discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final.’ The statement was reportedly made after CSA announced the team for a tour of the West Indies.

In May 2018, de Villiers had announced his retirement from international cricket. He played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is before announcing his surprise retirement.

“Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all. That his retirement will remain final,” Cricket South Africa said in its statement.

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AB de Villiers, playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He was in great form during the 14th edition of the IPL. He had played multiple match-winning knocks for his team. Villiers had amassed 207 runs in six innings at an average of 51.75 and an amazing strike rate of 164.29 while also hitting 16 fours and 10 massive sixes.

“I haven’t had a chat with Boucher yet. But we are lined up to have a chat somewhere during the IPL. But yes, we have been talking about it. He asked me last year if I would be interested. I said ‘absolutely’,” De Villiers had said on April 18 while talking to the press.

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